Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the last Random Weekend selection on Meet Me in Montauk. Starting next week, I will introduce a new series titled Throwback Weekends.
Suggested by daily commenter Dana (I’ve decided to retire the “frequent commenter” label for Dana to better acknowledge his contributions here), this series will look back at the top hits of decades past on the same weekend through history.
Here’s how it will work, at least as I get started:
Throwback Weekends will cycle through the past 60 years, three weekends at a time. On the first Saturday, I will feature the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 from the same date 60 years prior. On the first Sunday, I will highlight the #1 song from 50 years back.
The next weekend gives us the 40 and 30-year-old hits, and the one after that goes back 20 and 10 years. After that, we go back around to 60 and start again.
That might seem a little complicated, but I like that it will provide a nice sampling of hits through history. And by ensuring a 4-week gap before returning to the same decade, I hope to cut down on songs repeating at #1.
No doubt that will still happen, and I will also encounter songs I’ve featured on the blog before in other contexts. In those cases, I will simply shift down to the #2 song (or #3, #4, and so on if I run into multiple repeats).
I look forward to the great tunes Throwback Weekend will surface. Stay tuned next week to see which one kicks us off.
In the meantime, bid farewell to Random Weekends with this weird Laura Nyro song.
They fill me like melons
Touch me with chivalry
Truly I know, truly I know who you are
December will bear our affair
Running on streets of delight and Decemberry ice
Oh see me – I’m ageless
Loving you timelessly
Love-colored soul, love-colored soul kissing spice
Yes, my love, I take my coffee in the morning
And all your love
A spoonful or so make us grow
Mama was clever, mama was clever
Said my mama was clever, mama was clever
Said my mama was, I said my mama was
I said my, my mama was clever
And my, and my daddy loved her forever
Kisses from you I’ll remember
Kisses from you in the flames of December
Kisses from you, true they are
Kisses from you in the flames of December’s boudoir
Oh, mainstream marzipan sweet
Baking out in December heat
Thank you for the title upgrade and for using my suggestion for the weekend theme! I think your loyal readers and less frequent commenters will appreciate the new weekend series.
In the meantime, occasional reader and commenter, but daily sister, Andie will likely appreciate today’s Laura Nyro song.
And wonder why you dismissed it as weird when it seems she was doing the Lana del Rey thing long before that artist was born. 😜 I, on the other hand, am ready for some hits!
Nyro is a forerunner to several of my favorite artists, but I’ve always found her music a little too out there for my tastes. There are some exceptions, of course. Also, I wouldn’t say “weird” is necessarily a bad thing. I love a lot of weird songs.
Even though I don’t totally understand what you are going to do I certainly look forward to the new weekend look! And congratulations to Dana on his new title 👏